NY appeals court rules shooting victim may sue gun maker, distributors; reverses lower court
BUFFALO, N.Y. – An appeals court in New York has ruled that a former high school athlete who was shot in 2003 can sue the companies that made and distributed the handgun used in the crime.
The ruling reverses a lower court's dismissal of Buffalo victim Daniel Williams' complaint. Williams claimed Ohio gun maker Hi-Point and distributor MKS Supply intentionally supplied handguns to irresponsible dealers for profit. The gun used to shoot Williams was bought at a gun show by a Buffalo gun trafficker.
Didn't the antis jump up and down screaming that the PoLCA was going to put gun companies above the law and such because it prohibited these types of lawsuits? I really don't understand how anyone can support lawsuits like these - it's a truly horrific precedent to set for anyone that makes any product available to the general public. It truly boggles the mind that Hi-Point is on the hook for something that their distributor may have done.
Note to GM, Ford, and Chrysler: Why the bloody hell are you not pitching in to fight this? You think they're going to stop at firearms manufacturers? You think that once the floodgates open up you're not going to start seeing lawsuits against automobile manufacturers? Ask the makers of trans-fat foods or large volume sodas how not speaking out against cigarettes went.
You know, "first they came for the jews" and all that...
That is all.
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